Songkran new year water festival in Thailand - photo by John Shedrick

Songkran 2017: What to expect and how to celebrate in Bangkok

Thailand’s most famous celebration, the new year Songkran festival, is upon us. If you’re in Bangkok or anywhere elsewhere in Thailand around the middle of April, you can expect to witness everything from traditional festive ceremonies to full-on water fights that exhibit the fun and smiles that Bangkok is known for. There are three consecutive […]

Thai snacks - photo by Davidlohr Bueso

Our favourite Thai snacks

Thais are well known for constantly grazing throughout the day, rather than settling for three square meals as in many other cultures, especially in the west. As well as more substantial dishes, delicious snacks play a considerable part in the Thai diet – and these are some of our favourites. Kanom krok Hawked at markets […]

Suvarnabhumi international airport in Bangkok, Thailand - photo by Jithesh

How to fill a daytime transit in Bangkok

Long stopovers can be the bane of travellers – hours spent in unknown airports can seem to stretch on and on. But if you have a transit in Bangkok, whether en route to another country or a destination elsewhere in Thailand, fret not: there’s plenty you can do to make your stay more enjoyable, with […]

Bangkok skyline by night - photo by Nik Cyclist

What to do in the wee hours in Bangkok

Bangkok might be known as a capital that never sleeps – where a million and one different things are always happening in various corners of the city – but increasingly tight enforcement by authorities over recent years can make it seem like Bangkokians are going to bed earlier and earlier. There’s still plenty to see […]

Chinese New Year in Yaowarat, Bangkok, Thailand - photo by Aleksandr Zykof

Celebrating Chinese New Year in Bangkok

Chinese New Year is just around the corner and, with a huge community of Chinese descent and one of the world’s largest and liveliest Chinatown neighbourhoods, it’s no real wonder that Bangkok comes alive for this annual celebration. Here’s what you need to know about celebrating Chinese New Year in Bangkok in 2017. In 2017, […]

Fruit vendor in Thailand - photo by lynhdan

Nine of our favourite Thai fruits

Sure, it might be Thailand’s show-stopping curries, stir-fries and salads that get most of the glory, but the county also has countless varieties of delicious, exotic and healthy fruits that we practically live for. Some are well known, others much less so – whether you enjoy them in a fruit salad, blend them into a […]

Somtum papaya salad stall in Bangkok - photo by Chris Wotton

The origins and future of street food in Thailand

Thailand’s street food scene is well renowned, and Bangkok is widely regarded as among the world’s best spots – if not the single leading place – for street food gorging. It’s no accident that Thailand is home to such rich culinary traditions, or that the variety and quality of dishes offered by its mobile hawkers […]

New Year's Eve fireworks on the Chao Phraya river - photo by Prachanart Viriyaraks

Expique’s Guide to the New Year in Bangkok (Updated for 2015/16)

Update for 2016 coming soon. This year celebrations will be toned down a little as the country is still in mourning following the death of the late King. Many places have delayed annoucing their celebrations.  While Thailand’s most well known festival is the Thai new year Songkran, with its massive country-wide water fights, the western […]

Christmas tree at Central World - photo by Kazuhiro Nakamura

Expique’s Guide to Christmas in Bangkok (Updated for 2016)

Many people wonder to what extent Christmas and New Years Eve are celebrate in Thailand. While we have a few special festive activities this year at Expique, here we share our guide to what else is going on in Bangkok. Thailand is frequently referred to as a Buddhist country, yet there is in fact no […]